Georgia was an early adopter in online lotteries with lottery officials approving sales via internet in July 2012. The Georgia Online Lottery launched later that year and is now the most extensive online lottery platform in the United States.
Games offered by the Georgia Online Lottery include:
- Powerball, Mega Millions and Fantasy 5 tickets
- Instant-win scratch-offs dubbed “Diggi Games.”
- Online keno
GALottery.com is the official site of the Georgia Lottery and the only website in the state authorized to offer real money lottery games online. The Georgia Lottery Corporation operates the lottery and is managed by a seven-member board of directors appointed by the Governor.
Revenue generated by the Georgia Lottery via online and in-purchase sales goes to support two key educational programs: Helping Outstanding Pupils Educationally (HOPE) and the state’s Prekindergarten program. Last year alone, the GA Lottery contributed more than $1 billion to state education coffers.
How to Play the Georgia Lottery Online
The GA Lottery sells tickets online at GALottery.com, through the iOS mobile app and through the Android app. Both the lottery website and the mobile apps offer the full range of tickets, keno and instant win games.
The Georgia Lottery offers two free membership options that unlock online play. First is the basic “Players Cub” that allows you to enter non-winning tickets into second-chance drawings, receive coupons for GA Lottery games and to participate in special events and giveaways.
The basic Players Club account is open to anyone 18 or older, including out-of-state customers.
If you’re 18 or older and are a state resident, you can upgrade your Players Club account to activate online lottery sales. This will allow you to buy tickets, play keno and try your luck with the instant win Diggi Games online.
Upgrading your Players Club account does not cost anything, but you will be asked to verify your name, address and last four of your social to unlock online play.
How to Buy Powerball Tickets Online in Georgia
State residents 18 and older can buy Powerball tickets online in Georgia at GALottery.com. To start, sign up for an account as described above and then fund your iHOPE account (more on that later).
If you access the GA Lottery website from a desktop, look for the “buy now” tab, select that and you’ll see a list of all draw games that can be played online. Mobile users can simply run the app and you’ll see Powerball as one of the options on the app home screen.
Selecting “Powerball” will then take you to a screen where you can choose your own numbers or let the system pick numbers at random on your behalf. You can purchase as many tickets as you’d like into as many drawings as you’d like. For example, you may enter a single entry into the next drawing or enter multiple tickets into as many as 26 consecutive drawings.
Powerball online prices are the same as they are in the real world: $2 per ticket plus an additional $1 per ticket if you activate the multiplier option.
As you add tickets, the app/website will update the total cost of your purchase. Confirm everything looks correct and then select “play now” to complete your purchase. The GA Lottery will notify you if you’ve won.
Here’s what it looks like to buy Powerball tickets through the GA Lottery mobile app:
Other Draw Games
In addition to Powerball, the Georgia Online Lottery also sells Mega Millions and Fantasy 5 tickets. The process for buying entries into these games is basically the same as it is for buying Powerball tickets online.
Here’s a quick overview of all GA Lottery online draw games:
|Game||Cost Per Ticket||Maximum # of Tickets|
|Powerball||$2||10 tickets / 26 drawings|
|Mega Millions||$2||10 tickets / 26 drawings|
|Fantasy 5||$1||10 tickets / 14 drawings|
Instant Win Diggi Games
The Georgia Lottery has 39 instant win “Diggi Games” that look and function similarly to scratch-off tickets bought in-person with the exception being these are all played online. Prices, maximum payouts, odds of winning and themes vary.
Some Diggi Games function just like reveal scratchers while others feel more like skill games such as Medieval Money which has you aim a catapult at a castle in the hunt for valuable gems. Some even feature bonus games with additional ways to win. All GA Lottery games are entirely luck-based, but the semblance of control offered by some of these games goes a long way to keep things interesting.
Instant win prices range from $0.50 to $10 per entry with potential payouts ranging from $10,000 to $200,000. Each game allows you to pick your own price, so the more you pay, the bigger the potential payout.
Something important to know about these games is that they are released in batches just like physical scratch tickets with a set number of prizes established for each prize level. While your odds of winning anything at all remain fairly constant, the odds of winning a big jackpot vary based on how many jackpots are still left in that batch.
You can see how many prizes remain in each tier by choosing the “info” button next to the name of any Diggi Game. This will bring up a window which shows instructions for playing, the odds of winning and the number of prizes remaining.
You can see the full list of online scratch-offs at the bottom of this review.
Instant Win Desktop Screenshots
Instant Win Mobile Screenshots
Georgia Online Keno
Online keno is offered around the clock at the Georgia Lottery website with new drawings every 3 and a half minutes for more than 300 drawings a day. If you have played keno in person with the Georgia Lottery, you shouldn’t have any trouble getting up and running online – the process is basically the same.
Each game begins with you choosing an amount to wager ($1 to $10) and the number of consecutive drawings you’d like to play (up to 20 drawings). Next, you’ll pick anywhere from 1 to 10 numbers out of a pool of numbers ranging from 1-80. The more spots you play and the bigger your bet, the bigger the potential prize.
For example, choosing one number results in a maximum of payout of $2 off a $1 bet while picking 10 numbers unlocks a maximum prize of $100,000 if all ten numbers are matched. Similarly, placing a $10 bet unlocks a maximum payout of $1 million in a 10-spot game.
GA Lottery keno can potentially pay even more if you activate the multiplier and/or bulls-eye option.
The prize multiplier option costs an extra $1 per play and results in each game first drawing a random multiplier option from these possibilities: no multiplier, 2x, 3x, 5x or 10x. This means you can win up to $10 million at the absolute maximum if you place a $10 bet, draw a 10x multiplier and match all 10 of your numbers.
The bullseye option also costs $1 and if activated, one extra bullseye number will be drawn at the end of each keno game. If that number matches any of yours, you win an instant prize worth up to $2 million regardless of how many other numbers you matched in the main game.
This video from the Georgia Lottery explains it all:
Full List of GA Lottery Diggi Games
|Game||Ticket Price||Maximum Payout||Overall Odds|
|50x The Money||$10||$150,000||1:2.50|
|Dual Crossword Craze||$3-$10||$100,000||1:3.20|
|Lil Lady Bingo||$0.50-$5||$50,000||1:3.70|
|Wheel of Fortune||$5-$10||$100,000||1:3.00|
|Double Cash Doubler||$0.50-$10||$100,000||1:3.70|
|Glitter & Gold||$3||$25,000||1:3.20|
Does the GA Lottery Offer Any Bonuses or Promotions?
Not in the traditional sense. That is, the GA Online Lottery does not offer customers additional money for signing up and playing.
However, the Georgia Lottery website and app do allow you to take advantage of certain promotions such as redeeming tickets for second-chance prizes and entering special giveaways. These promotions are not really connected to the online lottery because they almost always involve having you scan non-winning scratch cards through the app to enter special drawings.
In one recent promotion, the GA Lottery app held a promotion which allowed customers to scan any non-winning tickets to enter a drawing. For the next month, the GA Lottery gave away daily cash prizes ranging from $25 to $25,000. Two days during that month, the GA Lottery gave out 25 cash prizes worth $25,000 to $1,000,000.
Other past promotions have involved redeeming your non-winning Mega Millions tickets to win Super Bowl tickets and another that let you scan non-winning scratch cards to enter a drawing giving away a trip to Vegas plus $1 billion in cash.
Making Deposits and Collecting Winnings
The ability to deposit and withdraw to and from your Georgia Lottery account is unlocked after verifying your identity and upgrading your Players Club account. Doing so establishes your age and residency to activate real money games, deposits and withdrawals.
Once you have upgraded your Players Club account, the Georgia Lottery will provide you with an iHOPE e-wallet that is used to hold your funds and receive payment of your winnings. You can fund your iHOPE wallet with your debit card, bank account or PayPal and then use your iHOPE balance to play GA Lottery games online.
Winnings of less than $600 are paid directly to your iHOPE account and can be withdrawn from there. Prizes greater than $600 will trigger the GA Lottery to e-mail you with instructions for visiting the nearest district office to claim your payout.